Posts By: Sondra Lehmann

TNOYS’ 37th Annual Conference Inspires Youth and Professionals to “Make Their Mark”

Last month, TNOYS’ 37th Annual Conference on Services to Youth and Families convened more than 500 youth and family service stakeholders from across Texas for our first fully virtual conference. Over three days, professionals and youth explored how they can tap into their unique strengths and talents and ultimately “Make Their Mark” on the future… Read more »

Our Staff Picks for TNOYS’ 37th Annual Conference

TNOYS’ Annual Conference is right around the corner, and our team is looking forward to all the fun and learning that’s in store! The focus of the conference aligns with TNOYS’ strategic plan, and two important topics— equity and youth voice— are central to this year’s agenda. We’re looking forward to sessions such as Mia… Read more »

Member Spotlight: Pegasus Schools

For 30 years, TNOYS member Pegasus Schools has been working to heal and support abused, neglected, and adjudicated boys. Pegasus plays a unique if sometimes misunderstood role in youth services. The Residential Treatment Center exclusively works with youth ages 10-17 who have committed sex offenses, many of whom have suffered abuse and trauma themselves.  CEO… Read more »

Resource Pages To Assist Your Organization’s COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed how organizations across Texas serve youth and families. Fortunately, there are so many great resource centers out there to support organizations that serve youth and families in responding to COVID-19. For your convenience, TNOYS has compiled a list of some of the best COVID-19 response resource centers relevant to… Read more »

Redoubling Our Efforts to Combat Racism and Inequity

  To our Texas youth services community: It would be easy and, quite frankly, expected for us to acknowledge the grief which weighs heavily on us and on all of you right now. However, as an organization with a mostly White staff, that would make this conversation about us and our emotions rather than about… Read more »

Houston:reVision Builds Community Through Mentorship and Creative Expression

At TNOYS, we believe that effective youth-adult partnerships are key to helping Texas’ youth achieve healthy development. This ethos is also at the heart of TNOYS member Houston: reVision, an organization that connects kids on the edge with mentors, positive peers, and life-changing resources.  reVision builds “communities of kinship” for youth who fall anywhere along… Read more »

How COVID-19 is Impacting Issues that Affect Youth

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted existing gaps in support for Texas’ most vulnerable populations, including former foster youth and those who have experienced homelessness. It has also created new gaps in support, as youth who were already working to overcome difficult obstacles have been saddled with additional challenges — including job loss, school closures, isolation,… Read more »

Member Spotlight: STARRY

Across Texas, youth and family service providers are working on new strategies to keep youth safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. STARRY, headquartered in Round Rock, is one such organization: STARRY serves as the Family and Youth Success (formerly known as “Services to At Risk Youth”) Program for 31 counties in Central, North, Northeast, and Northwest Texas,… Read more »

How COVID-19 May Impact Your Organization’s 2020 Census Outreach

Census 2020 is well underway, but the COVID-19 pandemic is causing the U.S. Census Bureau to change or delay many of their efforts to get-out-the-count.  On the ground census operations, including the counting of people in group quarters, were planned to start at the beginning of April. However, state and local governments have delayed operations… Read more »

New Resource to Assist Frontline Workers with Child Care

This blog post is part of an ongoing series that aim to assist youth service providers in their COVID-19 response efforts. For more information and resources, please visit TNOYS’ blog, or visit the COVID-19 resource page. The COVID-19 pandemic means that many workers on the front lines have been left scrambling to find child care… Read more »